Kidnapped Nigerian Students Rescued in Fierce Shootout with Abductors

Local hunters and security agents freed 14 students abducted from Confluence University of Science and Technology in Kogi State, Nigeria. The successful rescue operation followed a fierce shootout with the kidnappers, who escaped with gun wounds.

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Kidnapped Nigerian Students Rescued in Fierce Shootout with Abductors

Kidnapped Nigerian Students Rescued in Fierce Shootout with Abductors

In a daring rescue operation, local hunters and security agents have freed a group of students abducted from Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) in Osara, Kogi State, Nigeria. The students were kidnapped on Thursday night by armed gunmen who stormed the university campus, shooting into the air and grabbing students trapped inside lecture halls.

Why this matters: The successful rescue operation highlights the Nigerian government's efforts to combat the growing trend of kidnappings for ransom, which has become a persistent issue in many parts of the country. The incident also underscores the need for improvedsecurity measures in educational institutions to prevent such attacks and ensure the safety of students.

The Kogi State Police Command confirmed that 14 students have been rescued so far. Kingsley Fanwo, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, praised the successful operation, stating, "Local vigilante men and security agents engaged the kidnappers in a fierce shootout and they succumbed to superior firepower and escaped with gun wounds, leaving the kidnapped students, who also ran in different directions to avoid being caught up in the fire exchange." Many of the rescued students have been taken to medical facilities for proper attention. A local hunter and a DSS operative sustained injuries during the confrontation and are currently receiving treatment. Security forces are combing the forests to locate and rescue the remaining students still held captive by the fleeing kidnappers.

The abduction occurred just hours after Kogi State Governor Usman Ododo visited the university and assured parents of his commitment to rescuing the kidnapped students. During his visit, Governor Ododo alleged insider collaboration in the attack, revealing that CCTV cameras installed on campus were switched off on the day the gunmen struck, suggesting sabotage by internal actors.

Kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs have become a persistent issue in many parts of Nigeria in recent years. Schools and universities are frequently targeted, with students abducted and held captive until payments are made. The latest rescue operation in Kogi State demonstrates the Nigerian government's intensified efforts to combat this troubling trend and secure the safe release of kidnapped victims.

As the freed students recover from their harrowing ordeal, the Kogi State government has vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. Commissioner Fanwo emphasized the administration's resolve, declaring, "The success recorded so far is a clear testament of the readiness of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to ensure adequate and uncompromising security for the people of Kogi State." Authorities are urging residents to report anyone found with suspicious gun wounds to law enforcement, as the hunt for the escaped kidnappers continues.

Key Takeaways

  • Local hunters and security agents rescue 14 abducted students from Confluence University in Kogi State, Nigeria.
  • Kidnappers stormed the university campus, shooting into the air and grabbing students from lecture halls.
  • Successful rescue operation highlights Nigerian government's efforts to combat kidnappings for ransom.
  • Authorities suspect insider collaboration, citing switched-off CCTV cameras on campus.
  • Kogi State government vows to bring perpetrators to justice and ensure adequate security for residents.